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  • Stan & Ollie

    Stan & Ollie

    ★★★½

    Perfectly pleasant.  Glad I saw it. Finally.

  • They Shall Not Grow Old

    They Shall Not Grow Old

    ★★★

    This is a blended rating for a 2* documentary and a 4* documentary about the documentary. 

    All the colorizing and prettying up and everything else can’t hide the fact tnat the documentary itself is a lot of off screen talking heads, that the format is that of an oral hkstory which is one of my keast loved forms of writing, and OMG does it get dull.  All well well under two hours, and I drifted off in 1916.

    But even…

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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★

    There wasn’t a single review of Roma — for all the raves and stars showered on it by the critics — that made it sound like a movie I would wish to see. But it is Oscar season, and I like movies as an art form, and sometimes I drag myself out of my comfort zone to be in the conversation about the art form I love.


    Well, it lived up or down or whatever to my sense of it.…

  • Wildlife

    Wildlife

    ★★★½

    The next time Paul Dano directs a film, he should find a different company to cut his trailer.  

    I have a hard time outright recommending this movie, thougn there are no lack of good reasons to go see it.  None of those good reasons are readily visible in the trailer, which makes the movie out to be a slow arty Terrence Malick type of movie, the type of movie that even mlst cineastes are likely to see only with Terrence…